Early music ensemble La Morra bound for Bates

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LEWISTON — La Morra, a Swiss early music ensemble known for evocative and engaging concerts, will perform Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Bates College.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at Olin Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. Tickets, $6, may be purchased at batestickets.com. For more information, call 786-6135 or email olinarts@bates.edu.

At 1 p.m., La Morra will give a half-hour performance in the concert hall as part of the “Rollin’ to Olin” arts series for grade-school pupils. The concert is open to the public at no cost.

Early music roughly refers to music spanning the late medieval and early Renaissance eras. Within this genre, La Morra pays particular attention to the secular art song, sacred para-liturgicals and instrumental music. The group is praised for thoroughly researched and skillfully interpreted performances.

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The ensemble hails from Basel, Switzerland. Under the artistic leadership of Corina Marti and Michal Gondko, the group consists of up to 10 vocalists and instrumentalists, depending on the project. Since 2000, La Morra has toured internationally and appeared in diverse early music festivals.

The most recent La Morra recordings, both released in 2011, are “Johannes Ciconia: Opera Omnia,” a collection of secular music; and “Armoniae Celestes, Carmina Suavissima,” comprising works composed for 15th-century church councils held in Basel.

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